SpokenWord every Monday. AWOL writers’ group every Sunday.

Last SpokenWord of 2018 will be 24th December. Restarts in 2019 on January 7th. This info last updated 8th November 2018. 

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

SpokenWord
Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.

Themes
Check next week’s theme here

AWOL Writers’ Group
Sundays usually 5.30pm-7.30pm, alternating between Berkeley Books and The Red Wheelbarrow. Time and place vary – check here. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield and Simon Millward. Description. Join us afterwards for a drink.

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Camille Adnot to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 19th–Monday’s Theme: Shadow & Light

l&s theme camille adnotCamille Adnot is a fiction writer and poet, who writes both in English and in French. She grew up in France, where she read English at the ENS of Paris and Paris-Diderot uni, which developed her love for the music of the English language. That love was furthered by living in the UK for a couple of years, first in Nottingham and then in Oxford, where she taught French. She’s also around London from time to time. Currently she’s doing a PhD on the mapping of chaos in William Blake’s illuminated books at Paris-Diderot, and teaching English lit. That hasn’t led her to engrave her poetry yet, but she’s worked in collaboration with visual artist Anne Huynh on turning a number of poems into paintings, and they’re also thinking of making a short movie out of one. In the meantime, Camille keeps on writing, performing at open mics like Spoken Word Paris or Angora Poets, taking part in the AWOL workshop, and she’s recently become part of the Poetry Brothel, where you can listen to her poetic alter ego, Sasori Sting, recite poems in a decadent fashion. Her poems in English, and poems of other writers that she has translated into French, have been published in The Opiate, Those That This, and Quail Bell Magazine.

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Vie Boheme to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 12th–Monday’s Theme: Intuition

IMG_7136-Edit-2Vie Boheme (pronounced Vee Bow-em), is an American  Bohemian Soul vocalist, bridging the gap between music and dance.  Born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis, USA, Vie Boheme is one of the most prominent artists to emerge from the Minneapolis music scene which is home to the Prince legacy of powerful musicianship  and dynamic and eclectic stage performances. Vie describes her sound as a fusion of African American music traditions;  Soul, R&B  Funk, Jazz, Blues, Gospel and Rock with  Pop sensibilities. In her live performances she flows between song and dance performing both in unison. She works to bring athletic agility to musical performance.  She calls her performance style ‘a fusion of fusions…

 

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Remember, remember the 5th of November…

SpokenWord falls on November 5th this year… variously known as Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night or further back it was Gunpowder Treason Day. It celebrated the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 in which Guy Fawkes and his conspirators almost succeeding in blowing up the Houses of Parliament and killing King James I.

Guy Fawkes – Catholic terrorist or the only man to enter parliament with honest intentions? In recent years, notably with the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta that popularised the Guy Fawkes mask, he has been celebrated by anarchists as a symbol of resistance to the fascist tendancies of the state.

Traditionally in Britain effigies of Guy Fawkes are burnt on bonfires and fireworks let off. Effigies of other hated figures, or even things, have also long been thrown on to the fire.

So this SpokenWord why not bring something to be symbolically destroyed?

Or a poem or spoken word piece or song on the theme of Conspiracy/Guy Fawkes/Bonfires.

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

…English folk verse

Cheers all,

David Barnes

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Beatrice Mori to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 29th–Monday’s Theme: Dating

IMG_3405Beatrice Mori is an Italian bilingual professional actress, singer and musical theatre performer represented by Play Actors International Agency, who moved to London almost 3 years ago. She completed her training in Musical Theatre at the Royal Central School Of Speech And Drama, University Of London. Since then she started working both as an actress on camera for different projects that include among others: a role in “Double Entendre” which also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Things We Do Before Midnight” from Paniscus Motion Production, “Jessica & Scott” Short Love Story, a cameo on Sky 1 for What’s Up TV, a comic and bubbly role in “Yo Magazine” Sitcom; and also on stage as a musical performer. The main projects have been: the prestigious “West End Live 2017″ event in Trafalgar Square, Anything Goes” The Musical at the Greenwood Theatre, an Off West End production of a new original musical called “The Dream” at the Iris Theatre (Covent Garden), “Love Bites” Play at Art’s Night Event  in a new original play called “Our Dads Fucked Us Up” in which she plays an eccentric and cynical gypsy. She recently finished the run of the musical “West Side Story” as one of the Shark singers and dancers  and has now been cast in a new original show that will debut soon at the Etcetera Theatre (Camden Town) as well as being chosen to play a lead role in a new sci-fi series. When she’s not rehearsing or auditioning, Beatrice performs original and rearranged songs with her guitarist Alex Carli (Lotus Duo) in various venues/events around London. Beatrice also showcased her first on going work-in progress One Woman Show “Embracing Shadows” at Art’s Night Event  which received positive feedbacks. Even if it’s still a work in progress, she has already been offered the chance to work on it as a short movie by an award winning producer and filmmaker.

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Youssef Alaoui-Fdili to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Smoke

IMG_0381Youssef Alaoui-Fdili is an Arab-Latino, born in California. His mother is Colombiana. His father was Moroccan. The Alaoui-Fdilis are originally from Fez. His brothers and aunts and uncles and cousins are today mostly in Casablanca and Rabat. His family and heritage are an endless source of inspiration for his varied, dark, spiritual and carnal writings. He has an MFA in Poetics from New College of California. There, he studied Classical Arabic, Spanish Baroque and Contemporary Moroccan poetry. He is also well versed in the most dour and macabre literature of the 19th Century. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, 580 Split, Cherry Bleeds, Carcinogenic Poetry, Red Fez, Big Bridge, Dusie Press, and nominated for a Pushcart at Full of Crow. Youssef is an original creator of the East Bay literary arts festival “Beast Crawl.” In 2012 he created Paper Press Books & Associates Publishing Company. This press offers several important books of poetry and one poetry and art compendium. Youssef also serves as an Associate Editor for Big Bridge Press.

Copies of his latest book, “Critics of Mystery Marvel,” a collection of magical persona poems, will be available at the reading.

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Serafina Salvador to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 15th–Monday’s Theme: Meltdown

Short BioSerafina Salvador is a writer,  voice artist and actor who lives in London. An imaginative, innovative, bold, and evocative performer, her experience with acting in theatre, in short films and in television has served her well in developing a voice that resonates both on and offstage!  Her life has been a life based on Eastern philosophy and Western life. This combination influences all of her work and creative expression. Her recent play  Don’t Blame the Parents, Stoopid!  offers us a poetic and philosophical message of comic and cosmic proportion. ( Act I of Her Meltdown will be presented at SpokenWord Paris on Monday). Another theatre piece Don’t Blame the Bankers...Stoopid! tells the story of the banking world in 2008 when the Lehman Brothers et al experienced their own ”meltdown”.  (She was a trader at the time, and has since traded the stock floors for stage doors). The play received critical acclaim and was hailed as ”thought-provoking … a little gem that shows exactly what fringes can achieve.” Indeed, all of her writing may be said to be diabolical, fresh, exciting and honest.

 

 

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Malik Crumpler to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 8th–Monday’s Theme: Spirits/Ghosts

JSLP 2018 Arat Kilo 2 copieMalik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, rapper & editor that’s released several albums, Glitch Art films & five books of poetry. He is co-editor of The Opiate, co-founder of Bayonics, Those That This, Satori Ideas & Visceral Brooklyn, a guest-editor for Paris Lit Up issues 4 & 5 & a co-curator/ co-host Transatlantic PoetryPoets Live & The Wordists. Malik is also the M.C. for Hip Hop group, Madison Washington with Def Pressé,  whose new album, (((((FACTS))))) will be available Oct. 19. Malik’s new book is Beneath The Underground: Collected Raps 2001- 2018.

For the new album (((((FACTS)))) click here    https://defpresse.bandcamp.com/album/facts
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Jason Stoneking to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 1st–Monday’s Theme: Bespoke/ by hand/ made to order

For the birdsJason Stoneking is an American poet, essayist, and performing artist based primarily in Paris. He has authored two volumes of poetry and four collections of essays. He has also written screenplays and punk music, moonlighted as a chess commentator, and staged numerous performance art pieces. He has been performing his art and writing for more than 25 years, at venues ranging from the main stage at Lollapalooza to the Pont Neuf in Paris and the rooftops of Cairo. He is currently working on a series of unique, handwritten, bespoke books. He is awestruck by the sky, but skeptical of authority.

photo credit: Leslie McAllister

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SpokenWord 24th Sept: AMERICAS theme, guests JENNIFER BLOWDRYER & BONNY FINBERG

What Americas are possible? What Americas exist? What Americas are past and gone?

JENNIFER BLOWDRYER got her dumb name from her SF punk band, the Blowdryers, in 1977. She’s written columns for Maximin rock’n’roll, New York press, and downtown, and her books include: white trash debutante, modern English : a slang dictionary, and Good Advice for young trendy people of all ages. She remains a band singer/writer, recent releases include Blowdryer Punk Soul: Pinot Grigio and 4 Essays – the most harmless person you are ever going to meet in your life, Bent Boy Press, SF, 2018. She lives in NYCs East Village.

At SpokenWord she’ll be doing a song called Atlanta to celebrate Americas night, with Steve Wishnia on gypsy guitar, and reading from my new chapbook on Bent Boy press, SF

BONNY FINBERG’s fiction, poetry, essays and photographs have been published and translated internationally in numerous literary journals and anthologies and have been included in various gallery exhibitions. Publications include her novel, “Kali’s Day” (Autonomedia/Unbearable Books, 2014, NY), a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (Sisyphus Press, NY, 2006); Déja Vu a collection of poetry with her digital collages (Corrupt Press, Paris, 2011) and Sitting Book (Xanadu Press, NY, 2017) a conceptual text and art publication, available at Printed Matter. She is the recipient of a 2014 Kathy Acker Award for fiction and is currently working on her second novel and a memoir about the men she has loved. She lives in NYC.

Jennifer Blowdryer

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Annette Marie Smith to Guest at SpokenWord Paris September 17th–Monday’s Theme: Legends

10671356_10152497136163806_4728386147714787502_nAnnette Marie Smith is a writer, artist, freelance journalist, and editor. She is also the creator and curator of the international feminist project, Facing Feminism, for which she received a McKnight Foundation grant. She’s the author of The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow, Tell the Bees, and She Wanted Storms. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, included in numerous anthologies, and translated into German, Italian, and Spanish for publication internationally. It’s traveled the trains and buses within Minnesota’s Metro Transit system as featured poetry where boring ads would normally be, and it’s found a home featured on the labels of Enchanted Beans coffee beans. She is currently working on a novel full of fairytale, myth, adventure and humor, Monster Songs Sung Low and Sweet. Formerly published under Annette Marie Hyder, she is reclaiming her maiden name of Smith in all ways, including publication.Find out more about her at annettemariesmith.com
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